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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
November 19, 2014




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Give Someone an Acorn

When Matt was little, every day when I picked him up from preschool he would give me an acorn. It never failed. Earlier in the day while on the playground, he would pick up an acorn, put this in his pocket, and remember to give his gift. 

I didn’t know what to do with an acorn, so I would simply say thank you and put it in my pocket. Unfortunately I did not always remember to empty my pockets; occasionally I would open a load of freshly washed clothes to find acorn bits stuck to the clothes.

I hinted to Matt that I didn’t need acorns. But after a while, I realized that it didn’t matter what I wanted. Matt was going to give me an acorn every day. Eventually I pulled out a mason jar, set it on a shelf, and decided to display my growing collection of acorns. 

By the time Mark began preschool, he had seen acorns on the shelf, and was eager to add his gifts. The gifts of acorns continued, whether I wanted these or not. 

Nowadays, when I see acorns on the ground, I smile. They remind me of when the boys were young and wanted to give. I didn’t think I had room for all those jars; most of them disappeared in some of our across country moves. I am down to one jar and I wish I had kept more of those acorns! 

This weekend, our church is offering you what seems like shelves of mason jars full of gifts. Our Sunday morning worship services are always meaningful and challenging, and this Sunday the worship services will be followed by a church conference in which we celebrate the ministries of Mt Carmel. The Transformers class is making a way for clean water and malaria prevention with a silent auction throughout the day. The men’s club is offering a Thanksgiving dinner. The angel tree is going up in the afternoon, and the sanctuary Chrismon tree is going up after dinner. 

We could respond by answering that there isn’t room. Or by wondering what to do with all these offerings. 

Instead, I hope that you will share some of the bounty. Recommend the worship service to a friend who could use an encouraging word. Bring a neighbor to the dinner. Share about the silent auction. Invite a child to help you pick out an angel from the tree.

I hope you look at the bounty and smile, thinking of how God has made a difference in your life through the ministries of Mt Carmel. Your neighbors, your coworkers, your friends need the peace that comes with a deepened relationship with God, the joy of encouraging friends, and the contentment found in a life serving Christ.

I’ll see you this Sunday, 

Pastor Cyndi McDonald
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Wednesday Services of Holy Communion
  • Bulletin Covers
  • Stewardship Update
  • Don't Forget ... Preservation of Simpsonwood Items
  • Youth Sell Pies and Flowers
  • Church Conference: November 23
  • Silent Auction
  • Church-wide Thanksgiving Dinner: November 23
  • 2014 Angel Tree: Nov. 23 - Dec. 10
  • Children's Ministry
  • Order Poinsettias Now!
  • Women's Book Club: December 5
  • Parent's Night Out: December 12 - 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings


Wednesday Services of Holy Communion

During December, step away from the busyness and noisy preparations and pause for a moment of peace in the presence of Christ. 

A brief (15-minute) time of quiet celebration will be offered on Wednesdays at noon and at 6:30 pm in the sanctuary. This time of simple worship will include silence, scripture and Holy Communion. 


Sunday's Bulletin Cover
















Thank you to Aaron Campbell for providing last Sunday's bulletin cover showing the Lord's House.  (Isaiah 2:1-4)


Stewardship Update

Thank you for your commitments to the mission and ministries of Mt Carmel UMC. Over $168,000 has been pledged to the 2015 operating budget. Of these, 40% are new or increases in pledges, 42% are keeping the same pledge, and 18% are decreasing their pledge. 

Your pledge to the 2015 operating budget allows our church to offer hope, community and compassion, within our church, our community, and around the world. 

Have you made a commitment? Download a pledge card here, or make pledge online at http://mtcarmel-umc.org/connect/give

Pastor Cyndi McDonald 


Don't Forget!

Don't forget about these articles from previous newsletters. Full information about each can be found on the conference or church website or contact the church office with any questions.


Order Your Dessert and Arrangement for Thanksgiving!

Back this year by popular demand, the Youth Group is taking orders for Homemade Apple, Pecan and Pumpkin Pies, as well as our traditional Pumpkin Flower Arrangements. 

The pies are $12.00 and will be available for pick up on Sunday, November 23. 
Contact the church office for last minute ordering:
DEADLINE FOR PIE ORDERS: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21!

The Pumpkin Arrangements are $25.00 and will be available for pick up on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 12:00 pm. 

You may place your order by completing the form found in the Sunday bulletin and dropping it into the offering plate, or contacting the church office. 
DEADLINE FOR FLOWER ORDERS: TUESDAY, NOV. 25!

Happy Thanksgiving and THANK YOU for supporting the youth Summer Mission Trip!


Church Conference: Nov. 23 at 12:15 p.m.

We will meet in the sanctuary immediately following the 11:00 service to hear a review of the past year at Mt. Carmel and plans for 2015.  Please plan to attend!


Silent Auction on Sunday!  

Remember to stop by the Fellowship Hall anytime on Sunday, November 23 to place your bids for the Silent Auction benefiting the "Leave a Trace Foundation" which provides solutions for countries struggling with lack of clean water, and "Imagine No Malaria," a mission of the North Ga. U.M. Conference.

Lots of great items have been donated, so stop by and do some shopping!

This auction is sponsored by the Transformers Sunday School class. Volunteers will be there all day and during the church dinner to accept your bids.


Church-Wide Thanksgiving Dinner!  

November 23 at 6 PM

Bring a side dish or dessert to share and enjoy a Thanksgiving Dinner with your church family!

Thanks to the Mt. Carmel Men's Club for providing the turkey, ham, dressing, potatoes, green beans, rolls and cranberry sauce!


The Angel Tree up on November 23rd!

The Angel Tree will be up in time for the Thanksgiving Dinner on November 23rd, so remember to stop by in the foyer and take an angel or two. 

Just sign the list provided with the number on your angel, do your shopping, and return your gifts (unwrapped) to the church by December 10th to help local children and their families have a merry Christmas!


Children's Ministry

Sunday School:
Our lesson this week is the warning message Jeremiah gives to the Israelites. He warns them that they will not be permitted to stay in the promised land unless they change their ways and act with kindness and justice.

Jeremiah is just a boy when he is called to be God’s messenger. Talk with your child on how they can show kindness to others.

Pageant Practice: 
Sunday, Nov. 23 at 4:30.  No scripts on stage this week!
The church-wide Thanksgiving Dinner is at 6:00, so stay after practice and enjoy fellowship and good food! 


Children's Pageant: 
Sunday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m.

Dear Mt. Carmel, 

You are invited to a time of Music, Drama, Laughter and Light as the children celebrate the True Light of Christmas, Jesus, the Prince of Peace!  Please come to ...








Children’s Christmas Mission Project: 
During Advent we will be collecting quarters for the United Methodist Children’s Home’s "Kids Helping Kids" project. 

Funds that we collect during Advent will be put with the Christmas Eve offering dedicated to the Children’s Home.

Marian Long, Director of Children's Ministries


It's Time to Order Poinsettias!

Hard as it is to believe, it's time to order Christmas poinsettias to be in the sanctuary Dec. 14 and 21!

The United Methodist Women will order these plants, given in memory or honor of your loved ones.  

Plants are 9.00 each and the deadline for ordering is Dec. 10.

Find order forms in Sunday bulletins or contact the church office.  Please make checks payable to the Mt. Carmel UMW.


Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club


The next meeting of the Book Club will be on Friday, December 5th in the Hope House.  

This month's book is The Christmas Pearl, by Dorothea Benton Frank.

Please contact Vicki Walden or Chris Bolton with any questions.


Parent's Night Out! - Dec. 12 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Parent's Night Out


Offered by the Mt. Carmel Youth as a service project, this event is for children ages 2 years - 5th grade.

We'll meet in the Youth Hall for pizza, making gingerbread houses, and movies!

Cost: $5.00 per child to help cover cost of supplies.

RSVP's REQUIRED:
email Marian Long - children@mtcarmel-umc.org
or Gail Bolton - flossygail@comcast.net


Prayers and Thanksgivings

Please join with others in our church family in praying our concerns and thanksgivings this week.

Concerns
  • Marilyn McGee: recovering in hospital from fall - requests no visitors or calls at this time
  • Jerri Phillips: home bound with 
  • Lucile Jones: recovering from pneumonia
  • pain
  • Relative of Ellen Berlage: Debbie - health issues
  • June Spruell's cousin Marc: heart surgery
  • Several family members & friends of McGough family needing prayers
  • German's friend Rick: finished first week of chemo
  • Barbara Cooper's sister's good friend in bad auto accident: prayers for friend and his family
  • Ruby Easley: Breahna's custody decision
  • Susan Posey's Aunt Louise: fell down stairs / also her daughter Hellena - eye and cancer surgeries coming up
  • Faye Harwell's daughter: aneurysm - surgery 12/1
  • Ted Marcis's friend's mother: brain cancer has returned
  • Ernie Richmond's father in hospice care in N.M. - prayers for him and for Ernie & Christy traveling there
  • Mike: death of mother
  • Katrina Stone's sister and family: death of Katrina's brother-in-law
  • Marlene Porter's mother: fell and broke her hip on Wednesday - will have to have surgery
Thanksgivings
  • Steve Pearson: thankful that sister's divorce has been worked out without going to court
  • Ellie Grogin's 8th birthday
  • Successful church workday
  • Visitors on Sunday
  • Penny Millar: thankful to be on NCM board
  • For all donations of underwear, coats, gloves, blankets for NCM
Every week:
  • Prayers
  • Worship this week
  • Birthdays and Anniversaries
  • Save the Date
  • Counseling Center
  • Norcross Cooperative


Sunday's Lesson
This week in worship the lesson will be:

Jeremiah 1:4-10; 7:1-11


Birthdays this week:

Jason Smith
Bob Spruell
Lauren Bryant
David Bolton
Brian Whitlow
Chris Smith
Frances Sigmon
Angie Bolton

No anniversaries this week.


Save the Date

WEDNESDAY NIGHT STUDY
NOVEMBER 19 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
NOVEMBER 19 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
NOVEMBER 19 - 8:30 PM
SANCTUARY

PRESCHOOL FRIENDSHIP SOUP LUNCH
NOVEMBER 20 - 12:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

SILENT AUCTION SET-UP
NOVEMBER 22 - 9:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH MAKE PIES
NOVEMBER 22 - 10:00 AM
KITCHEN

CHURCH CONFERENCE
NOVEMBER 23 - 12:15 PM
SANCTUARY

YOUTH PIE PICK-UP
NOVEMBER 23

CHILDREN'S PAGEANT PRACTICE
NOVEMBER 23 - 4:30 PM
SANCTUARY

CHURCH THANKSGIVING DINNER
NOVEMBER 23 - 6:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

TRANSFORMERS' SILENT AUCTION 
NOVEMBER 23
FELLOWSHIP HALL

ANGEL TREE UP
NOVEMBER 23
FOYER

THANKSGIVING FLOWER PICK-UP
NOVEMBER 26 - 12:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
OFFICE CLOSED
NOVEMBER 27 & 28

1ST SUNDAY IN ADVENT
NOVEMBER 30

YOUTH TO LAKE LANIER LIGHTS
NOVEMBER 30

CHILDREN'S PAGEANT PRACTICE
NOVEMBER 30 - 4:30 PM
SANCTUARY

HOLY COMMUNION
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 3
12:00  - 12:20 PM AND
6:30 - 6:50 PM
SANCTUARY

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
DECEMBER 5 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

CHILDREN'S PAGEANT DRESS REHEARSAL
DECEMBER 6 - 3:00 PM
SANCTUARY

YOUTH PROGRESSIVE DINNER
DECEMBER 6 - 5:45 PM
MEET AT CHURCH

DINNER THEATER AUDITIONS
DECEMBER 7 - 12:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT
DECEMBER 7 - 6:00 PM
SANCTUARY

ANGEL TREE GIFTS DUE
DECEMBER 10 

PARENT'S NIGHT OUT
DECEMBER 12 - 6-9 PM
LOWER HALL

PRESCHOOL BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
DECEMBER 13 - 9 & 10 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CAROL SING
DECEMBER 14 - 9:30 AM
SANCTUARY

ADULT CHOIR PROGRAM
DECEMBER 14 - 11:00 AM
SANCTUARY

NIGHT CIRCLE PARTY
DECEMBER 15 - 6:30 PM
LORI ANDERSON'S HOME

PRESCHOOL NATIVITY PLAY
DECEMBER 18 - 12:00 PM
SANCTUARY

BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR JESUS (AT SUN. SCH.)
DECEMBER 21 - 9:40 AM
ROOM 112/114

DOWN HOME HOLIDAY
DECEMBER 21 - 6:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
DECEMBER 24
6:30 AND 11:30 PM
SANCTUARY

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
OFFICE CLOSED
DEC. 25 - 30

EPIPHANY SERVICE
DECEMBER 28 - 10:30 AM
SANCTUARY

NEW YEAR'S STYLE LUNCH
DECEMBER 28 - 11:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHURCH OFFICE OPEN
DECEMBER 31 - 9:00 - 12:00


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The current password is:  barbecue



Family Wellness
through Counseling, Education and Research


Mt. Carmel proudly supports the North Georgia Family Counseling Center.

678-242-9355
ngfccumc@gmail.com
www.ngfccumc.org


As one of the founding churches of NCM, we encourage your support assisting those in need in our area.

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